2018 Ford Fiesta 1.0 ST Line First Drive: The Best Got Better

The updated Ford Fiesta has launched abroad, and our colleagues at Motor1 UK have already had a first crack at the new compact hatch. We'll have a full U.S.-spec review in the near future.

The Fiesta is an absolute staple part of the automotive diet in the U.K. – it has long been a best-seller year-on-year, often topping the sales charts. That makes designing an all-new version a challenging affair.

With each new iteration of an iconic car like the Fiesta, you hope for a huge shift in design direction. Sometimes you get it, sometimes you don’t. This time... you don’t. You’d have to be pretty dim to mistake it for the old car, but you don’t get the impression that the design team stretched itself too much. Though, as the cliché goes, if it ain’t broke…

Update:

Just because it’s similar to the old one, that doesn’t mean it’s not a looker. Pictures don’t quite do it justice – the headlamps tend to look stuck on and a bit odd in 2D, and it gives an egg-ish impression in photos. In the metal there are plenty of interesting angles and creases to keep your eyes busy. ST Line cars get jazzier side skirts and a bigger spoiler than other models as well, something sure to excite buyers looking for some extra go.

New 2018 Ford Fiesta
New 2018 Ford Fiesta
New 2018 Ford Fiesta
New 2018 Ford Fiesta

Pictures don’t quite do it justice – the headlamps tend to look stuck on and a bit odd in 2D, and it gives an egg-ish impression in photos.

The interior is much improved over ...